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At Park Academy West London, our vision is to deliver an authentic education for the 21st century for all of our students. We aim to ensure that all learners make excellent progress in History, Geography and Citizenship, through experiencing first-rate teaching which engages and motivates them to work hard, achieve and succeed.
The Humanities curriculum at Park Academy West London encompasses a wide range of well-designed activities; it offers relevance, coherence and breadth. It is designed to develop students into ethical, informed and responsible citizens who have a true understanding of the world around us, the history and how we can become well rounded individuals, ready for success. We deliver a range of subjects that encourage students to become active members of the local and global society, who have a good understanding of how the past has influenced their current living experiences – democracy, freedom of speech, gender equality and more.
This is done by:
- Providing students with local and international real-life examples of current issues
- Encouraging students to become independent learners through a variety of opportunities
- Providing balanced discussion on topical issues
- Encouraging students to take an active role in the human and physical world around them
Key Stage 3
Students are provided with a broad, balanced curriculum in Humanities consisting of Geography, History, Citizenship, and PSHCE. Course content is chosen to encourage students to question and discuss the world around them. Alongside this, the curriculum fosters students to become independent learners through project work, such as on life in the trenches in History.
Humanities provides a curriculum at Key Stage 3 that is taught through our No Limits Curriculum, this is designed to support the students wider experiences through extending knowledge and understanding on topics such as recycling and democracy therefore encouraging students to make connections between different areas of their own life. Furthermore, maintaining Humanities relevance in developing rounded individuals with social awareness through the Citizenship and PSCHE curriculums. A comprehensive Aspirations Wellbeing Curriculum is currently in development in line with statutory requirements; we want the students to understand their wellbeing through studying a wide range of topics, including mental health and stress. Providing students with local and international real-life examples of current issues, they look at the development of transport links such as HS2 and impact of urbanisation on the environment in London compared to Rio de Janeiro.
Key Stage 4
Progression is encouraged as stages of learning reflect the stages of maturation of learners and the changing ways in which they engage with learning as they develop. The consistent application of AQA specification within History and Geography allows for the development of transferable skills such as source analysis. Additionally, the Humanities curriculum widens to provide students with the opportunity to study BTEC First Nationals Health and Social Care. As such, progression within Humanities includes the support of vocational learners in all aspects of their emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. A course that encourages students to become independent learners through researching and writing coursework on topical issues like the link between food and diabetes.
Furthermore, Health and Social Care provides a range of opportunities for students to participate in the human and physical world through the undertaking of work experience in an elderly care home and first aid training. Similarly, through completing fieldwork in Geography, students become increasingly independent, responsible learners with practical subject skills across the Humanities curriculum.
Inspiring students with lessons includes consideration of Crime and Punishment throughout History to progress in their learning.
Encouraging students to take an active role in the human and physical world around them through the use of mock trials and voting polls in Edexcel Citizenship while providing the opportunity to discuss topical issues such as Brexit and our voting system.
Key Stage 5
The Humanities curriculum at Post-16 includes AQA specification led Psychology and History as well as providing opportunities for progression in BTEC First National Health and Social Care. Not only a first-choice option for further study, Humanities provides students with facilitating courses that support them in accessing future study and work opportunities through content and transferable skills like critical writing.
Building analytical skills, Psychology and History provide two-year linear courses that capture student interest through looking at a variety of subtopics including witchcraft and attachment. Providing students with local and international real-life examples of current issues, History includes units on The Transformation of Britain and USA social, political and economic contexts. Meanwhile, Psychology promotes balanced topical discussion around the worth of eye-witness testimony in British legal systems and young people’s growing attachment to technology such as mobile phones.
Enriching the Humanities curriculum capacity to encourage students to take an active role in the human and physical world, Health and Social Care provides sixth formers with the opportunity to specialise and build specific skill sets in preparation for careers in this area such as nursing.